A night out to dinner can easily put a disheartening dent in your budget. We often find ourselves skimming the contents of the receipt, wondering how on earth we acquired such a high total. As you sign away the rest of your soul on the tip line, you may even promise yourself that you’re done with eating out – until the next time you’re craving one of your unbeatable favorites from your favorite diner.
This post includes the top 3 resources you can use to bite more than a few bucks from your restaurant tab. Enjoy!
We all know and love Groupon – the leading source in providing incredible deals for just about anything – but have you heard of their latest development? Groupon Pages is a broad directory including hundreds of restaurant listings all over the world. For every eatery, there is a page that includes all of the details you need to make a decision. You’ll find reviews from real patrons, hours of operation, parking options, price ranges, menus, and whether or not the place is kid friendly or offers Gluten-free dishes. In addition to that goldmine of helpful information, you’ll also find mouth-watering discount codes that will save you tons on your bill! All you have to do is search your area or desired restaurant, download a coupon code, and present it to your server like you would a gift card! Super easy. You can check it out yourself at this page for The Knife Restaurant in Orlando.
Restaurant.com is a fantastic source when it comes to saving money on dining out. This handy tool sells gift certificates at discounted prices for more than 20,000 restaurant deals nationwide, and they also include reviews for each establishment. The best part about this money-saving site is that they offer certificates of various dollar amounts to accommodate the number of patrons in your party!
All you have to do is sign up for a free account, search for a restaurant or take a random pick in the area, select the gift certificate amount that fits you best, and purchase at a discounted price! Almost too good to be true! Almost.
iDine and Foursquare.
For all of you point-seeking, reward-reaping fanatics out there, iDine and Foursquare are both fantastic tools to add to your frugal toolbox. I’ve counted both of these as one unit, because realistically, you should use both! Depending on where you’re going, each app will offer different deals and rewards. Pick the best deal and dine knowing you’re earning points for cash-back rewards! Just make sure you don’t try to overlap – its bad reward-reaping karma.